Ages: Teen

Breathing Fire: Teen Poetry Slam

Instructor(s): Rachel McKibbens

Come join us at Greehouse Cafe, 2271 East Main Street, Rochester, for bi-monthly poetry slams inviting teen poets and audiences from throughout the community to participate.

6:00 p.m. Poetry Workshop

7:00 p.m. Open Mic

7:30 p.m. Poetry Slam

DATES: November 14, 21, December 12, 19

2015 DATES: January 9, 23, February 13, 27, March 13, 27, April 10

GRAND SLAM: April 24

A poetry slam is audience-judged, competition performance poetry. All poems are the original work of the performer and must be under three minutes in length. Poetry slams were created to make poetry more accessible and to break down barriers of class, race, and education, promoting community dialog.

A final selection of a Rochester Poetry Slam Team, drawn from poets participating in the monthly slams, will travel to and compete in the national poetry slam competition: Youth Speaks: Brave New Voices, in Atlanta, GA, in July, 2015. All expenses will be paid.

Leading this venture will be Rachel McKibbens, a legend within the poetry slam community, noted for her accomplishments both on and off the stage. She is a nine-time National Poetry Slam team members, as appeared on eight NPS final stages, coached the New York louderARTS poetry slam team to three consecutive final stage appearances, is the 2009 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion, and the 2011 National Underground Poetry Sam individual champion.

Rachel McKibbens, along with other slam poets drawn from local colleges, are available to visit schools to make a free presentation on slam poetry.

Please contact Albert Abonado for more information.